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El Nido, Palawan Accommodations List with Map

Palawan By November 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 61 Comments

Having lived in El Nido on and off since 2005, I have seen how the little town has grown over the years. When I was last back there this year, there are so many more accommodations available that I felt making a master list would be very useful. The El Nido Tourism council has come up with a map and this will be our guide. This list was compiled in September 2012. *updates are ongoing with the photos and details*


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We will use these maps as guide:

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The Alternative Inn and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By November 13, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , 8 Comments

One of the oldest inn and restaurants in El Nido, The Alternative Inn on Sirena St. has also always been one of my favorite hangouts in town. The place is very quiet and cozy. The place has also undergone changes every now and then, like our favorite reading area is gone and there isn’t an internet shop here anymore, but it is still the same place with the hanging balcony, right over the beach, and during December, right over the waves! (I used to blog from The Alternative back in 2005 when I still used the Friendster blog and internet rates in town were P120/hr via satellite. This year, I went there every time I needed to be alone with my thoughts or be on Skype with my Travel Factor friends). 

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

The Alternative Inn and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

I was there during the months of July to September, during off-peak, and this is their off-peak rates:

The Alternative Inn and Restaurant, El Nido, Palawan

On the ground floor, upon entrance, the restaurant’s restroom is on the left, on the right is the stairs going up the restaurant, the restaurant’s kitchen in the middle, and the rooms are behind the kitchen as well as on the left.

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The Before-and-After El Nido Photo-documentation Project – Sirena Street

Life in El Nido, Palawan, Photography By October 15, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 6 Comments

Where Rizal Street ends is where Sirena Street begins. Sirena Street runs parallel to the beach, as well as a part of Calle Real, both terminating at the port.

Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan

Sirena Street, a very narrow, one-way street, can easily be missed. At the corner, on the left side is a clothing store, painted in green, and a sari-sari store on the white building on the right side.

Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan

On Sirena Street, construction was in full swing on the lot right next to the clothing store when I was documenting during the month of September. It used to be a cozy little restaurant called Vicenta’s, that we loved to eat at back in 2006 because they had the most delicious seafood dishes.

Vicentas Sirena St

We used to feel uncomfortable walking on this street because it was crowded and a bit scary. It’s looking a bit better now, but it is still the street I like least in El Nido.

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

 

On this street, one will also find the Tao Philippines booking office.

TAO EXPEDITION

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan
Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

And the Palawan Pawnshop, one of two in this town. I used to ignore this shop until I realized how important it was in a town that had no banks or ATMs. It is the only way to send or receive money from outside of El Nido.

PALAWAN PAWNSHOP AND EL NIDO SANDS INN

Sirena St., El Nido, Palawan

I’ve never even noticed it before, but a photo from 2006 tells me it’s been there ever since.

Palawan Pawnshop

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